Sunday, 3 November 2013

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY COMPENDIUM REVIEW: The Time Traveller's Almanac - Ed. Jeff and Ann Vandermeer

Release Date: 01/11/13
Publisher:  Head of Zeus


THE TIME TRAVELER'S ALMANAC is the largest, most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, here is over a century's worth of literary travels into past and the future. The anthology covers millions of years of Earth's history - from the age of the dinosaurs to strange and fascinating futures, through to the end of Time itself. The Time Traveler's Almanac will reacquaint readers with beloved classics and introduce them to thrilling contemporary examples of the time travel genre. THE TIME TRAVELER'S ALMANAC includes stories from Douglas Adams, Isaac Asmiov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, George RR Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock and, of course, HG Wells.


Ah, the chance to surf the waves of time with a whole host of writers, both past and present in a wonderfully edited book from Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. It has some absolute crackers within and when added to the chance to try authors that you may not have had the finances to spend on the off chance, gives you something truly wonderful to try.

My only real critism of this book is that at 1000 pages its not lightweight and feel more like something to bludgeon someone with rather than something to sit back and enjoy. That said, if you were wanting this to take on a journey’s I’d suggest purchasing the Ebook version, it’s a great way to break away from the mundane world and lose some time as you travel the ages with this magnificent selection of authors. Especially when you add a cracking playlist such as the ones supplied within. Magic.

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